COVID-19 Update from Sovah Health - February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021

Sovah Health has established a regular update to share information with the public related to COVID-19 including the status of hospital operations and the safety measures being taken to protect our patients, staff and community. These updates will be delivered every two weeks by various clinical and physician leaders and will be available on the hospitals’ social media channels and website.

As of February 17, 2021: Currently, Sovah Health has 41 patients across both campuses, with 24 located in Danville and 17 in Martinsville, who have tested positive and are being treated for COVID-19 in our hospitals. This is a decrease since our last bi-weekly update was provided on February 3. At this time, our hospitals have adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care. 

This week, Dr. Edna Ekuban-Gordon, Emergency Medicine, shares our bi-weekly update including information about the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) new central pre-registration website ( and in recognition of American Heart Month she shares early signs and symptoms of heart attacks.

To date, Sovah Health has administered or redistributed over 11,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Once additional vaccine is received, more clinics and community vaccination events will be scheduled.  We will continue to work across both communities that Sovah Health serves to vaccinate and you can count on us to remain engaged until our community is fully vaccinated.

Each February we celebrate American Heart Month – a perfect time to refocus on staying heart healthy and giving this important organ the attention it deserves. Heart attacks have beginnings. If recognized in time, these "beginnings" can be treated before the heart is damaged.

Early signs and symptoms that can begin hours or days before a heart attack. You may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms. You may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.


  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue 
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Indigestion

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to get these symptoms checked out immediately at Sovah Health's emergency departments in Danville or Martinsville. Each day this month, we’ll share tips on how to keep you heart healthy. So be sure to check out our website and social media pages.

Sovah Health continues to take all the necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff from COVID-19, including limiting entry points to the facility, screening all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19, universal masking, and maintaining a limited visitor protocol.

Sovah Health reminds the public to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene, and wearing a mask or face covering while in public. 

For additional updates, please visit our COVID-19 Preparedness Information webpage.